Biology Syllabus

AE LOCATION: Coach Office In Library
Classroom: ST 207

Biology is the study of life. Understanding the workings of nature requires that one first understand each part of the environment, its cycles, the organisms it contains, and the way these organisms interact. The primary goal of this course to familiarize the student with biological processes and procedures, and thus help them gain an understanding of the environment around them, it's workings, and their role in that environment. Students will be challenged to think about issues that are critical for the twenty-first century. The ability to make rational and informed decisions about the uses of new biological technologies depends on an understanding of biological processes in ecosystems, organisms, and cells.
Students will be evaluated on their performance on tests/quizzes, interactions in classroom discussions, activities, laboratory and fieldwork, and their ability to design experiments, analyze data, and present conclusions. In addition to the content described below, students will also be required to master additional skills to make them successful in science and other work:

1. Making observations  
2. Designing controlled experiment 
3. Presenting data in a variety of formats 
4. Analyzing charts, graphs, and data 
5. Interpreting/creating diagrams
6. Picking out main ideas in text
7. Writing for a science audience
8. Working collaboratively


  • Evaluate data showing that offspring are not clones of their parents or siblings due to the meiotic processes of independent assortment of chromosomes, crossing over, and mutations
  • Describe the process, advantages and disadvantages of three types of bioengineering: GMOs, stem cells and cloning.
  • Evolution occurs as the heritable characteristics of populations are altered over time in response to changing environments, producing global diversity
  • Explain how the body maintains homeostasis in response to changes in the external and internal environment. (especially in endocrine, nervous and immune system)
  • Describe how humans activities impact ecosystems (esp. non-native species, eutrophication, removal of keystone species)


  • 1-3 subject spiral notebook (type in which papers are not removable) just to be used for and left in the biology classroom. Dedicated to Biology ONLY
  • Writing instrument (pencil or pen) and brightly colored writing utensil to correct papers
  • 3 Ring Binder or Folder to hold loose papers/handouts

I will be available for extra help during AE in my office (next to library entrance). I will also be available for help after school by APOINTMENT ONLY!

In Class: Biology by Miller & Levine
At Home: Students will be assigned an online textbook to access.
Website=; Log-In = _____(assigned in class)____; Password = DRHSBIO

We will be using google classroom which will be linked from my Dakota Ridge homepage.
CLASS CODE: hbicnhs

Do NOT use the code above. If you do, you will be registered as a student in class and get constant reminders that you have missing assignments. Instead, sign up for e-mail summaries (daily or weekly). Guardian email summaries include:
Missing work—Work that’s late at the time the email was sent
Upcoming work—Work that’s due today and tomorrow (for daily emails) or work that’s due in the upcoming week (for weekly emails)
Class activity—Announcements, assignments, and questions recently posted by teachers

TO RECEIVE SUMMARIES: E-mail me at with your student name, and the e-mail address(es) that you wish to use for summaries. I will send you an invitation and then you just accept it.

It’s why you are here! But it’s not just about biology concepts….while these concepts have been chosen to make you a more informed citizen and more knowledgeable about your own body, the world around you and how you interact with it, it is not the only thing you will be learning. You will be learning how to learn. You will be learning the “soft skills” that employers are looking for such as effective communication and collaboration. This means using multiple ways to keep exposing yourself to content.

This will go beyond simple taking notes and regurgitating them on a quiz. Research shows the optimum number of repetitions for vocabulary to go into the long-term memory of the brain is seventeen (17) repetitions. These 17 repetitions must come in a variety of methods over planned periods of time. Hopefully, you will learn, through this class which methods are best for you!

Homework and classwork are incredibly important tools to give students practice in mastering skills and concepts. More importantly, they should be used to provide both the student and the teacher information on how well they are progressing towards mastery so that adjustments can be made and mistakes can be fixed. Mistakes are great, valuable learning tools. Students will always receive feedback on their work to make corrections and fix mistakes. Periodically, students may be given a graded homework/classwork “quiz” which will ask students questions from recent assignments. If they learned from their mistakes and fixed them, this should be easy to “ace”!

Holding this philosophy means that I also place more value on final assessments. Students should be learning from mistakes all along, they should be constantly working toward mastery on the final assessment.

Each student will be given 100 quality worker points at the start of every 6 week grading period. Points will be deducted for the following reasons:
Arriving late (less than 5 minutes)…………………………….5 point
Arriving late (more than 5 minutes)……………………………10 points
Skipping Class (Unexcused absence)…………………………..15 points
Poor attitude or habitual behavior problems will also lose points at discretion of teacher

Make-up work for an absence must be requested on the first day student returns from absence. You will be given two school days for every day missed to make up work for an excused absence. For example, if you miss class Monday, you must turn in late work by class on Wednesday. It is your responsibility to come in during AE to collect missing work on first day you return from absence. Make-up work from an unexcused absence is subject to a reduction of one letter grade. .


  • Be respectful to yourself because it sets the stage for being able to participate in a community; to others because it is hard to be a student and everyone’s struggles deserve your respect; and to the teacher because although it is a position of authority, the teacher should also be vulnerable and learning.
  • Be engaged, because merely being present in the classroom does not necessarily qualify as participation, and a truly classroom learning community requires all voices.
  • Be prepared, because learning and success requires prepared individuals, and preparation transcends just the work that is assigned—and is closer to deep thought, sincere skepticism, and a general willingness to interrogate assumptions.
  • Be courageous, because learning requires acknowledging that there are things we don’t know, skills we lack, and ways in which we might still be foolish—which is a scary prospect for everyone in the class, teacher included.
  • NO FOOD or BEVERAGES (except water). Food will be confiscated and not returned.
  • Cell phones, IPODS, make-up, etc. should be used outside of class ONLY and will be confiscated. Cell phones will be returned to student the at the end of class or end of day (depending on frequency and severity of offense). Even if they are not being used….if they are visible, they will be confiscated!

Grades will be weighted according to the following scale. Check PARENT PORTAL of Infinite Campus often so there are no surprises.
Unit Tests…………………..30%
Lab Work…………………...30%
Practice Work ……………...10%
Final Exam………………….10%


  • Homework is due at the beginning of the block. NO LATE WORK will be accepted in this class. However, each student will be given 2 late work passes to be used at student’s discretion for assignments. These passes must be stapled to assignment and used during the unit appropriate to assignment. Late passes may NOT BE USED for long term assignments such as projects & presentations or group work.
  • Extra credit opportunities will be given periodically throughout the semester; however, no extra credit will be given at the end of the grading period.
  • All work is expected to be done individually unless you are told otherwise. THIS INCLUDES CLASSWORK. Any evidence of plagiarism or cheating will result in a grade of "zero" and a parent phone call.
  • AE is a part of the regular school day and every student should have arrangements to be able to get to school at this time. Test corrections will be allowed during AE for half credit only IF student has required coupon. If a student fails a test or quiz (regardless of how much work they are missing), they may be REQUIRED to attend an AE session to review the material with me. If they come to AE after start time, it will not count towards their obligation and they will be required to attend again.
  • TEST CORRECTIONS: ANY Quiz may be corrected for up to 90% grade. Tests may not be corrected. coupon must be presented to teacher within given amount of time after test/quiz returned. Student will follow directions for corrections posted in teacher’s classroom. No corrections will be allowed after student uses their coupon.

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